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CityGAP is our Fall experiential program for young people, age 18-25, who want to connect with the world, explore their passions, master life skills, and make an impact with a supportive group of peers.

CityGAP provides a meaningful semester or year of achievement and exploration, launching participants on an even more satisfying college or career path. Participants wrestle with the current challenges facing the city, engage with our partners (including city officials, artists, policymakers, journalists, performers, activists, entrepreneurs and more), and end with a portfolio of original work. CityGAP is designed for young people who are open minded, self-aware, curious, and eager to explore, understand, and contribute to NYC.


The semester is 14 weeks long including:

  • 3 week orientation looking at NYC's social geography, architecture, neighborhoods, and institutions though our 5 Living City Lenses.

  • 10-12 week Group Project which vary each semester. See Participant Work for examples.

  • 10-12 week Independent Project where participants pursue a personal passion with our mentorship and guidance from our deep bench of partners. See Participant Work for examples.


Project Cycles and Themes


The Form of the City: How are cities designed and how do urban form and architecture shape our destinies?

Resilient City: How can cities build back better in response to both acute crises and chronic challenges? 

The Just City: What are the ingredients of a just, diverse and equitable society and how do we achieve it?

City of Memory: How do cities build and rebuild their civic imagination and establish their identity? 

The City of Creativity: How does NYC inspire art and culture; and how do art and culture define NYC? 

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